It’s a funny thing…
.. but in 2015 I will rejoin my old high school as a teacher. With this role comes the greatest ‘position of responsibility’ available in education – an opportunity to learn regularly and closely with a group of Middle School boys (and possibly girls). It has been 5 years since I have been fully allocated to classroom duties with no additional responsibilities and I must admit that I am relishing the opportunity to re-ignite some fires that have been smoldering for far too long.
The challenge that I face in the coming year is to make the utmost of this wonderful opportunity. I have spent the last few years getting heavily involved in faculty/school/system-based changes that have taught me a great deal about myself and how I work with adults and other professionals in education (the adults are not always professional and the professionals are not always adults!). I have also learned some hard lessons about politics, trust and the importance of values-led education (see this post).
3 things that I’m thankful for:
1. A full Middle School Science load… with boys! I love Mathematics, but I’ve taught a lot of it in recent years and I am ready to get back to my Science roots. I’ve got a list of practical experiments that I would like to do with classes that is as long as a toilet roll. Having an all-boys allocation just makes the deal that much sweeter!
2. Access to an inspirational educational leader. My new school is the school that I graduated from back in the late 90’s. We all have a few teachers that we remember for being ‘great’. The one teacher that really inspired me to bigger and better things in Senior Primary is now my boss. Cool.
3. I’ve seen the other side. I’ve held formal roles of leadership within schools. I know the challenges that face the holders of these positions and I am really excited to be a position to observe and support others in their leadership journeys. Having written my Masters thesis on the value of good followership, I now am in a position to spread that message to other junior leaders.